/>
X

Photos: Ericsson previews healthcare 2.0

And shakes a Twittering tree...
zd-defaultauthor-natasha-lomas.jpg
By Natasha Lomas on
40153607-1-ericsson1.jpg
1 of 7 Natasha Lomas/ZDNet

And shakes a Twittering tree...

Network-kit maker Ericsson has demoed how a future of connected devices could help people monitor their health in their own homes.

Pictured here is a user interface that could run on a TV - with a 'health' tab sitting alongside more standard 'media' and 'movie' menus.

The TV interface enables a person to track and monitor their health and would also enable them to share their stored health data with their doctor if they choose, enabling the doctor to remotely monitor a patient.

Photo credit: Natasha Lomas/silicon.com

40153607-2-ericsson2.jpg
2 of 7 Natasha Lomas/ZDNet

Devices such as the weighing scales shown above could be connected to the user's network so that data is sent direct to the health monitoring system when the scales are used.

Another type of connected device that could be integrated into the system is a pill bottle that records when a pill is taken out. This enables users - and potentially doctors - to check whether medicine has been taken or not. Alerts to remind a patient to take a missed pill could also be built into the system.

Photo credit: Natasha Lomas/silicon.com

40153607-3-ericsson4.jpg
3 of 7 Natasha Lomas/ZDNet

Here recorded health and activity data is shown in graph form - such as the user's weight, kilometres walked, hours slept and even blood pressure and glucose levels.

As well as helping doctors keep an eye on remote patients, Ericsson said the software system would allow the user to share their data - or specific parts of data - with family members.

Photo credit: Natasha Lomas/silicon.com

40153607-4-ericsson5.jpg
4 of 7 Natasha Lomas/ZDNet

With the addition of a webcam, the healthcare system could also facilitate video calls between doctor and patient - enabling remote consultations to take place.

Photo credit: Natasha Lomas/silicon.com

40153607-5-ericsson3.jpg
5 of 7 Natasha Lomas/ZDNet

Healthcare questionnaires could also be sent to a patient via the software, with the patient's responses instantly made available to their doctor.

Photo credit: Natasha Lomas/silicon.com

40153607-6-ericsson7.jpg
6 of 7 Natasha Lomas/ZDNet

To demonstrate how - in theory, at least - "anything" could become a connected device, so long as it's armed with wireless sensors - Ericsson also demoed this Twittering tree...

Photo credit: Natasha Lomas/silicon.com

40153607-7-ericsson9.jpg
7 of 7 Natasha Lomas/ZDNet

Sensors connected to the tree enable it to detect when people are nearby, causing changes in the tree's electromagnetic field. This data is then sent to a processor in a nearby laptop, activating a number of responses (from a database) - and tweeting them via microblogging site Twitter (as seen below).

Twittering tree's tweets

The tree's lifesteam
Screenshot: Natasha Lomas/silicon.com

To complete the 'speaking tree' theme, Ericsson hooked up a speaker and light - enabling the bush to signal its moods visually and 'speak' its tweets.

Photo credit: Natasha Lomas/silicon.com

Related Galleries

Say hello to the early days of web browsers
netscape-shutterstock-189041855.jpg

Related Galleries

Say hello to the early days of web browsers

9 Photos
TRENDnet TUC-ET5G USB-C 3.1 to 5GBASE-T Ethernet adapter
TRENDnet TUC-ET5G

Related Galleries

TRENDnet TUC-ET5G USB-C 3.1 to 5GBASE-T Ethernet adapter

20 Photos
Anker PowerExpand 8-in-1 USB-C hub
Anker PowerExpand 8-in-1 USB-C hub

Related Galleries

Anker PowerExpand 8-in-1 USB-C hub

7 Photos
Netgear Orbi RBK752 tri-band Gigabit Wi-Fi 6 mesh
Netgear Orbi RBK752

Related Galleries

Netgear Orbi RBK752 tri-band Gigabit Wi-Fi 6 mesh

8 Photos
Plugable UD-CA1A USB-C dock
Plugable UD-CA1A USB-C docking station

Related Galleries

Plugable UD-CA1A USB-C dock

7 Photos
OWC Thunderbolt 3 10G Ethernet Adapter
OWC Thunderbolt 3 10G Ethernet Adapter

Related Galleries

OWC Thunderbolt 3 10G Ethernet Adapter

4 Photos
Plugable super-fast 2.5Gbps Ethernet adapter (in pictures)
Plugable 2.5Gbps Ethernet adapter

Related Galleries

Plugable super-fast 2.5Gbps Ethernet adapter (in pictures)

14 Photos